For the past week I’ve been posting snippets of my training talk with coach Dan Pfaff of the World Athletics Center. I’ve spent time listing Pfaff’s numerous accomplishments over the past week, so this time I will just jump back in to the discussion. If you like what you read below, also check out the first or second part.
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Martin: To end with I’d naturally like to know your experience with the hammer. How would you approach the event if you had a hammer thrower currently? What would be the training focus and what do you think hammer throwers can learn from other events in this regard.
Dan: Again this goes back our generation concept. I don’t think I’d train hammer thrower much different than other events. I would do a key performance indicators (“KPI”) analysis to determine what are the KPIs for that athlete at that stage of their career and development. I would identify a priority list on those KPIs. The highest KPIs would get the most attention and density during the training week. The secondary KPIs would fill in the gaps. And all the work would be done with this movement screen idea where you are constantly evaluating movement to adjust KPIs, prevent injury, and enhance skill.
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